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How data management drives enrollment at Texas Tech

Sam Segran, chief information officer of Texas Tech University, joins the Cutting EDge podcast to talk about how the university’s latest enrollment and student success data effort is bringing more students to the school.

Segran, who’s been Texas Tech’s CIO for nearly 20 years, says the university’s project with Salesforce is the beginning of a multi-year effort to better use data to drive progress across the university. Since the initial rollout of the customer relationship management tool, prior to the pandemic, Texas Tech hit its goal of upping its enrollment from 30,000 to 40,000 students. Now, the school’s leadership team is thinking about other areas where the CRM can help next, Segran says.

In the news this week:

Online education provider 2U is planning major payroll and marketing budget cuts to counter declining enrollment in online learning. The company will undergo “radical changes,” executives say, and reorganize its business around edX, the competitor it purchased last year.

A migration to a hybrid-cloud data center is underway at the University of South Carolina. The migration will open up more opportunities for virtualization, and cut down on downtime, university CIO Doug Foster says. The hybrid cloud data center also will eliminate a lot of the university’s “big lumpy purchases” of IT hardware.

Southern University and A&M College System is moving its learning management system to Canvas. The historically Black university system spread across Louisiana will move from a consolidated Moodle environment. The implementation is still in the planning stages. 

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Every two weeks, the Cutting EDge Podcast will bring you the latest in higher education technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending topics in depth and highlight news across the campus IT landscape. Each episode will feature conversations with top executives across higher education on things like hybrid learning, emerging technology, cybersecurity and modernization.

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Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop & EdScoop at Scoop News Group. Williams has spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins-and-outs of state and local government as well as higher education. Williams started his journalism career in regional journalism in his native Pennsylvania, and also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.